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Pens Lose as Power Play Fails Again

I wasn’t sure what to title this post.  It could have been “How to Make Guillaume Latendresse Look Like Gretzky” or “When the F*&% are the Pens Going to Completely Overhaul the Power Play?”


Well, how does a team make a guy like Latendresse look like Gretzky?  (This is not to pick on Latendresse, he played well.)  Apparently, you take equal portions of lazy play, two young defensemen who played like they were scared and mix it in with a less than stellar goaltending performance.  What do you get….four points for a guy who averages a point every 2.62 games.

When is the Penguins coaching staff going to throw away all of their notes on how to run a power play and start over with a completely new approach?  The power play was o-4 tonight.  The PP was positioned to change the outcome of this game.  It, however, did not take the opportunity to win.  In fact, it pretty much led to a goal for the Wild.  The Wild did not score shorthanded, but scored very shortly after the Pens failed to score on a power play.  It is time to shake the PP up.


  • Letang and Goligoski played like there was killer after them.  I thought they looked scared the whole time they were out there.
  • The Pens generated a lot of offense, but again could not finish on many occasions.  They outshot the Wild 38-24.
  • Crosby continues to play well putting up a goal and two assists in this losing effort.
  • I guess Gonchar got a bit salty in the third period.
  • Man, I cannot wait until Malkin and Fleury find their groove again.

Here’s looking forward to better things in Calgary.

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    January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    The Pen’s coaching staff doesn’t need to keep notes on how they run the PP. If they forget all they need to do is call coaches of our opponents and they’d be glad to remind them what they’ve been doing.

  2. DR Hook's Gravatar DR Hook
    January 12, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    What’s hard to believe is that a little while ago we were talking about Goligoski on the Olympic team. We’ve been through this stuff before but not with a core player like Malkin looking so third line center!
    Maybe we need Momma Malkin and the Russian Beet soup to the rescue, eh.

  3. Ron Malore's Gravatar Ron Malore
    January 12, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Guillaume Latendresse has 8 points in his last 4 games. He’s only 22 and at 6′-2, 230 maybe Montreal gave up on him too early.

    As to the PP it all is on DISCO DAN right now. DR Hook suggested the two units (like Montreal) since last season but 0 for 6 another fruitless 5 on 3 – come on. When will DISCO DAN see that Malkin and Crosby play the best in the same spot on the PP. Malkin’s game has gone in the toilet since being moved on the PP. Worse, when the PP doesn’t produce we watch a tired best 5 players sucking wind for a few shifts extra. Hopefully GAWD doesn’t strike me down but DISCO DAN is now looking like BLOCKHEAD DAN right now.

    • DR Hook's Gravatar DR Hook
      January 12, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      Blockhead is getting to be a fair and balance description. Malkin and Crosby do play the best in the same spot. Moving either of them makes one of them less effective. I think we are seeing clearly this isn’t about Mike Yeo.


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